Meghan McCain attacked Jared Kusher and Ivanka Trump in an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, for having the audacity to appear at the funeral of her father, former Arizona Senator John McCain.
McCain had stated she didn’t want any member of the Trump family appearing at the funeral, and that she “thought that my family had made it clear, or at least I had, that the Trumps are unwelcome around me and that my father had been clear about the line between the McCains and the Trumps.”
She went on to say that she hoped Kusher and Ivanka were made uncomfortable at the event.
In spite of McCain’s antipathy towards the President’s daughter and son-in-law over their presence, it seems as if they were actually invited to the funeral. Lindsey Graham, a longtime friend of the former Arizona Senator, stated in an interview that no one who was at the September event was uninvited.
Lashing out at someone for attending a funeral they’re actually invited to doesn’t strike one as an healthy reaction to an event meant to commemorate the life of a loved one.
McCain had also taken the opportunity when speaking at the funeral to eulogize in a fashion that seemed implicitly, if not overtly, political in an attack on the President. She attacked unnamed political actors that she saw as having insulted her father’s legacy.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege.”
Trump and the Arizona Senator had been participants in something of a running and bitter political feud. The President did not attend the funeral, opting to golf instead and allow those who admired McCain to commemorate his life without a distraction.
It’s sad to see someone harbor antipathy towards people who attended a loved one’s funeral.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
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